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How To Make The Most Of Sofia - Eleven Demo Day


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The unique strengths of the Sofia startup community, and my advice on how to make the most of it.

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How To Make The Most Of Sofia - Eleven Demo Day

  1. 1. helpful people on my journey Dimitar Stanimiroff, a friend at StackExchange in London, says “try a Lean event in Bulgaria.” Ivo Vasilev and Lino Velev of Start IT Smart collaborate with me for the LeanSpark conference. Jon Bradford introduces me to Sofia’s Eleven accelerator, where I return for a quick workshop. ! Stanislav Sirakov from LauncHub invites me back to teach there. Now, I’m regularly in Bulgaria to teach at Eleven and Launchub. Boyan Benev and Stephan Gantchev invite me back to speak at Balkan Venture Forum. Chris Georgiev organises the Course Correction meetup at Betahaus. ! Mihaelena Damianova, then at Eleven, encourages me to seriously consider living in Sofia, and helps me find an apartment.
  2. 2. sofians who’ll help you You probably already know Start IT Smart, Eleven and LauncHub. ! They’re constantly on the lookout for ways to help and build the community, so letting them know your challenges is useful. There are particular people who can find you help and turn your request into a fast meetup to help you now. ! These are the people I’ve seen do this so far, so hit ‘em up! Put them to work for you! :) Alex at Betahaus @betahaussofia Chris at StartUP @chrisgeorgiev Vessy at Eleven @vtasheva Stan at LauncHub @stansirakov
  3. 3. advantage sofia
  4. 4. @foundercentric
  5. 5. @foundercentric @saintsal
  6. 6. “Why do you live here?”
  7. 7. lifestyle
  8. 8. travel convenience
  9. 9. bulgarian culture
  10. 10. roma
  11. 11. “Seriously, why do you live here?” - Bulgarian Border Police
  12. 12. you met a girl, right?
  13. 13. responsive community
  14. 14. you GOTTA ASK.
  15. 15. bulgarian optimism
  16. 16. Centric Startup community is not about hubs. It’s P2Pby cote
  17. 17. dejan - content 360
  18. 18. you GOTTA ASK, the right way.
  19. 19. sofia’s doing things right
  20. 20. stumps
  22. 22. our community is like family
  23. 23. still GOTTA ASK.
  25. 25. reach
  26. 26. just ASK!
  27. 27. please recommend this ! ! Ask me anything ! Our mailing list Image credits:, Flickr: cote,, soho42, eesti